Black Lives Matter Targets Graceland: Plans To ‘Shut Down’ Elvis Week

A woman holds up a placard in Altab Ali Park in east London, as she attends a Black Lives Matter event, on August 5, 2016. The group, inspired by the US protest movement against police shootings of black men, has highlighted British deaths in police custody and the fact that black people in Britain are more likely to be arrested and jailed. / AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
The Coalition of Concerned Citizens, a radical group that includes Black Lives Matter protesters, has set its sights on Elvis territory, with a plan to “Shut Down Graceland” on Monday. While the target might seem unusual, the timing is not. The annual Elvis Week has been taking place since Wednesday and is slated to continue until Tuesday. The local TV station Fox 13 reports: Protest leaders say the mass demonstration is planned for 6:00pm Monday. They said they specifically chose Graceland because it is Elvis week and they know it will raise awareness. Leaders say they also chose Graceland because “it demonstrates one of Memphis’s most common forms of financial inequality and because the site has ties to … the death of unarmed teen Darrius Stewart.” “We feel like we still haven’t been answered,” said Frank Gottie, a community leader. “They’re givin’ us the runaround.” The Coalition of Concerned Citizens in Memphis consists of the Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter, the Memphis Grass Roots Organization, the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense & Inward Journey, and other groups. Memphis Voices for Palestine announced it will also join the planned Graceland chaos. The Coalition released the following statement: The demonstration,